The Great Tennessee Air Show will not take to the skies over Smyrna this year, according to Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority Director John Black.
Traditionally, the Great Tennessee Air Show is held biennially — every other year — in June at the Smyrna Airport and often showcases the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team as well as a variety of other high-flying acts.
“The jet teams are on a two-year schedule. … We knew last year we would not be on the schedule for this year,” Black said.
Last year’s show June 3-5 saw tragedy when Blue Angel No. 6, flown by Capt. Jeff Kuss, crashed during a practice run June 2.
As of now the show is not schedule for 2018, either, Black said. But that has nothing to do with last year’s crash, he added.
“One of the stipulations we have is … to have a show … we have one of the major jet teams there. But there is an extremely high demand for those teams and although we been successful in securing teams, there’s never a guarantee because they receive requests from all over the country,” Black said.
Black said that could change, although it’s not likely at this point because demonstration teams put out a schedule each December and the Great Tennessee Air Show didn’t make the list.
“It’s really just scheduling. We have every intent to do this air show for years to come,” Black assured.
Smyrna Town Council established a committee to determine an appropriate way to honor Kuss. No definite plans have been released regarding the memorial.
“The town of Smyrna and our citizens see the importance of a memorial that our citizens as well as the family can be proud of for years go come,” Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed told The Daily News Journal last year.